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Look Into My Eyes

April 10, 2013

by Manjeet Birk

i could feel her eyes lingering over me,

both intentionally

and unintentionally.

 

as though,

the only thing

that would avert her gaze

is the threat of mine.

 

i wondered

if she wondered

if i wondered

what she was thinking.

 

if i felt confined within her judgements,

if i feared them

or more so

if i felt complete by them.

 

slowly and purposefully

i looked over to meet her gaze

only to watch it turn away.

 

what is it

about looking people

in the eyes

that we find so frightening?

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Manjeet Birk lives on the traditional unceded territory of the Coast Salish.  She is currently a doctoral student in Education at the University of British Columbia. Her research interests focus on women’s organizing, racialized and Indigenous girls, and social justice. With a lifetime of experience organizing, troubling and challenging systems, Manjeet is always looking for new ways to re-conceptualize a more beautiful world.

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